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the syrian president bashar al assad may be looking for a safe haven outside syria. brian todd has the story for us. >> there's little doubt that bashar al assad's regime is in trouble now. he's isolated, has few friends left in the world. we've now gotten reports that assad may be casting a net among those friends for a way out. his army is on the ropes, fighting for its life around damascus and aleppo. he may be in the process of making chemical weapons. right now, everything about assad smacks of desperation. he's looking into the possibility of seeking asylum for himself, his family and their inner circle in latin america. >> we understand that some countries both in the region and elsewhere have offered to host assad and his family should he choose to lead syria. >> the foreign minister was recently in venezuela delivering a message from bashar al assad. the minister was also in cuba and ecuador bringing classified letters from assad to leaders there. we could not get responses from syrian leaders in the u.s. or latin american governments to respond. multiple sources in the u.s., europe
on monday, david martin reported that the assad regime had given orders to prepare chemical weapons for possible use to put down the revolt that has been raging in that country for more than a year and a half. president obama said the use of these weapons of mass destruction would be totally unacceptable. well tonight, david has new intelligence to report, and we have three stories on the breaking news in syria. we'll start with martin at the pentagon. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence so far has not detected any signs syria is loading chemical weapons on to aircraft, but defense secretary panetta said it appears the embattled assad regime is preparing to do just that. >> there is no question that we remain very concerned very concerned that as the opposition advances, in particular on damascus that the regime might very well consider the use of chemical weapons. >> reporter: monitoring of syrian basis like this one has pekd up evidence engineers have loaded the chemicals which combine to form the deadly nerve agent sarin into bombs that could be dropped airplanes. satellites have seen
against its own people. secretary clinton making it very clear that syrian president bashar al-assad must go. >> let me also be absolutely clear. the united states stands with the syrian people in insisting that any transition process result in a unified, democratic syria. in which all citizens are represented. sunni, alawite, christians, kurds, men, women, every syrian must be included in this process for a new and better future. martha: still far from where we are right now in the country of syria where 45,000 people have been killed under the assad regime. president, secretary clinton also promising to hold all parties accountable for what happens in syria. in other words, if assad does go, if you are part of that regime, part of the killing, part of what we've seen happening you also will be held accountable. bill: we were told the ignition process had begun for the chemical weapons. if that is the case. we were also told they have a shelf life for about 60 days. if you do not use it within the 60-day period, let's hope not, then this goes bad. so the clock is running. if these report
be deployed as aerial bombs. and the fear is president assad of syria, facing long odds of power in syria or even staying alive, could use the chemical weapons against his own people s. from the defense secretary on down, the world be the world reacted to the news today ur chief foreign we begin with our chief foreign correspondent affairs, andrea mitchell. >> reporter: they warned today that the chemical threat is imminent, from a syrian regime that seems to be losing control. >> reporter: with the war turning against the syrian regime, fears rose of a nightmare scenario that once cornered the desperate bashar al-assad, may use chemical weapons against the world or against his own people. >> the whole world is watching, the whole world is watching very closely. and the president of the united states has made very clear that there will be consequences. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence as first reported by nbc news indicates that syria's military has loaded the precursor bombs, even a tiny bomb can attack the nervous system, killing within seconds or minutes, most of syria's sophisticated we
. secretary of state hillary clinton did an unusual thing and warned president assad there will be consequences if he crosses a line and uses chemical weapons. we know why. pentagon sources tell nbc news the syrian government has loaded seran gas a deadly nerve agent, into aerial bombs and is just waiting for a command from president assad to use it. this week u.s. intelligence detected that flurry of activity at chemical weapon sites. >> our concerns are an increasingly desperate assad regime might turn to chemical weapons or might lose control of them to one of the many groups that are now operating within syria. we have sent an unmistakable message that this would cross a red line and those responsible would are held to account. >> this morning in dublin a sign that the diplomacy is intensifying secretary clinton met with her counterpart, russian minister lab rov and a u.n. special envoy on the side of an international security conference she is taking part in. russia is one of syria's main allies but have opposed and opposed any u.n. measures against him up until
in syria. the military awaiting orders from president bashar al-assad to launch the deadly nerve gas on its own people. what is next for us and the rest of the community. the national hurricane center getting blasted for something it didn't do. we'll talk about that with janice dean. plus one man running seven ultramarathons on seven continents in seven days. why? is the big question. it's all "happening now." we'll start with news from overseas, very disturbing developments out of syria today. glad you're with us, everybody, i'm jenna lee. jon: good morning, i'm jon scott. as the violence rages out of control. fox news confirms syria's military finished mixing saran gas. they are waiting for orders from bashar al-assad. only 60 days before the gas expires and needs to be destroyed. all this comes as secretary of state hillary clinton gets ready for a rare meeting with her russian counterpart on the crisis rocking syria. that could be a sign that russia might now be ready to shift its position and support stronger u.n. action against syria. molly henneberg is live at the pentagon keeping an
has made very clear that there will be consequences, there will be consequences if the assad regime makes a terrible mistake by using these chemical weapons on their own people. >> earlier today, leon panetta. we'll have a report from the pentagon on syria in a moment. >>> first, shock waves in washington. a powerful republican senator suddenly calling it quits. south carolina senator jim demint will step down december 31st to lead the heritage foundation. it's a powerful conservative think tank in washington. demint says he can be more effective outside the senate. >> a lot of my role in the senate has been stopping bad things and saying no to bad things. but we need to do more than that and tell americans what we're for. one of the mistakes i think the republican party made the last two years is trying to make obama the issue without sharing with america bold reform ideas that get people inspired to get behind us. >> senator demint, huge tea party supporter. sometimes clashes with his own party's leadership. he is leaving with four years left in his senate term. earlier, he said h
be consequences. it appears, though, to have very little impact on the assad regime which we now have learned has begun preparing, mixing and loading gas into bombs to use on its own people. now, this comes as fighting is moving closer and closer to the rebel -- or to the assad strongholds in damascus. sarin gas is one of the most deadly chemical weapons in all of the world. it can kill within hours if this not treated, and it can kill dozens and hundreds and thousands at a time depending on how it is used. keep in mind, it only has a shelf life of about 60 days, so once you mix it, you are on the cusp of using it. as this is all happening, president assad is reaching out to several countries seeking asylum, he's apparently reached out to cuba, venezuela and ecuador, also several arab countries have reached out, the possibility of offering him asylum. now, none of this seems to have changed assad's mind. a spokesman for him, though, is saying he will never leave syria, and he would never use chemical weapons. clearly, megyn, things are happening in syria that have a potential for a very deadly ou
in the city of damascus. this is fueling concerns that bashar al-assad may resort to desperate mets yourself to hold onto power. we are learning more about the damage from a powerful earthquake in japan. the 77.2 quake sparking a tsunami in an area still recovering from last year's disaster. the latest coming up in a live report. jon: fox news alert for you now. you are looking live at the shores of lake michigan just off chicago where this historic world war ii aircraft has been recovered. it has been lying on the bottom of lake michigan for the last 65 years or so. it was recently located, and it is being brought to the surface. this from illinois. this plane was part of a check out ride for a pilot learning to land on aircraft carriers, it was his third check out flight. they used to put the aircraft carriers on lake michigan for these practice tips. he was trying to take off and the engine sputtered and died, the plane went into the water, sank about 200 feet down and was lost until today. it is going to be put on display in the chicago area, and we should also note that a very generous
materials into bombs is is awaiting final orders from president assad to use it on the people. one official said if assad goes ahead, there's little the world can do. meantime, secretary of state clinton met with her counterpart from russia, syria's strongest ally. they met on the sidelines of a european security conference in ireland. the special u.n. envoy to syria was at the meeting said they agreed to seek a, quote, creative solution to the syrian crisis. jim miklaszewski joins us with the latest. let's talk about the information that nbc reported regarding the syrian military and its actions right now. >> to be clear the precursor of chemicals or at least a couple that actually when combined chemically create that deadly nerve gas. we've been told by u.s. sources those precursor chemicals have been preloaded now into aerial bombs that could be dropped from the fighter bombers onto the syrian people. as of this afternoon there is still no indication that the syrians have actually put -- attempted to put those weapons on aircraft or that there's been a final fatal order from president as
is probably the agent that assad is most likely to use. deadly nerve agent. made of a combination of chemicals. once mixed it lasts for about 60 days in toxic form. a couple of drops of this stuff on your skin will kill you. >> bill: this is what they used in the japanese tunnel. >> sarin was invented in -- you're right. in the tokyo subway, killed 12, injured thousands. that was a crude device. they were dispersing it in paper bags with little fans. sarin was invented by the nazis at the end of world war ii. never used in world war ii but this is still quite deadly stuff. and just a couple of days ago we thought we might be past this point. president obama used a speech at the national defense iewfersity to turn to the camera and give a live warning. assad, if you use this, there will be consequences. it appeared to many of us that would back down the regime but it seems to be escalating so there are concerns assad may be close to using the chemical weapons. that's why you're seeing a flurry of activity. u.s. s
buildings. secretary of state hillary clinton now raising more concerns that bashar al-assad may resort to using chemical weapons against his own people. hillary clinton saying the u.s. is worried about an increasingly desperate bashar al-assad may use the weapons or lose control of them. this battle has been exploited to some extent by al qaeda. the rebels have been infiltrated by al qaeda, which is becoming a growing force there. in any event, the concern about chemical weapons is vast. we will have one with the united states is now doing about the situation with general jack keane coming up in a bed. on capitol hill, national intelligence director james clapper just got done freaking house members on the deadly terror attack against our consulate and then got become libya. fox news has learned that mr. james clapper show them a timeline of the attack. you can see demonstrators reaching across and they began to loot and set fires. some of the demonstrators are seen armed, and there's a portion of the video showing the attackers running into the compound. we will have much more on what
mideast bureau. what is the latest. >> reporter: as part of this sur push to topple the bashar al-assad we've seen heavy fighting in damascus, particularly around the airport. rebels are focusing in on that area. in the past three or four days we've seen all international flights in and out of the airport canceled. rebels have issued a warning saying civilians should leave the area. they've declared it a military zone. if rebels do take that airport it would be a major defeat for the bashar al-assad. it would cut off an important supply line for the bashar al-assad regime which relies on that airport to get supplies in and out. there are reports the rebels have gained access to heavy syrian tanks and other heavy weapons. much of the fighting is street to street, block to block, house to house, urban combat at its worst. hillary clinton says the events in syria are accelerating, and both sides are talking about some way to try to find some type of resolution to this war in syria that has lasted nearly two years long. russia a big supporter of the bashar al-assad, the russian foreign ministe
's highly possible that president bashar al-assad will use chemical weapons on his own people to crush the uprising that he has been fighting for many, many months now. what you're looking at here is a satellite image that shows where these chemical weapons are believed to be held. secretary of defense leon panetta says that the u.s. is keeping a very close eye on this situation. >> at this point the intelligence has hroefld off. w leveled off. we haven't seen anything new indicating any aggressive steps to move forward in in a way. we continu that way. martha: ambassador john bolton, former ambassador to the u.n. and a fox news contributor joins me now. good to see you. >> good morning, martha. martha: we've heard from the administration that the loading of these weapons basically would be a red line that could not be crossed. a lot of questions where the line exists. i wonder what you think about leon panetta's statement there, is he trying to court of cool the heels on this situation a little bit? >> it may simply be that the administration never had adequate plans to do something,
. can the world prevent bashar al assad from using chemical weapons against his own people? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with president obama taking his battle to extend tax cuts for the middle class into the heart of the middle class suburb today. he visited a family just outside washington, d.c., using their story to dramatize what will happen in just 26 days if he and congress can't make a deal on the so-called fiscal cliff. a source of great concern for so many people, everyone's taxes will go up, will go up if there's no deal. let's go live to our white house correspondent dan lothian. he's on the scene for us over at the white house. how did it go, dan? >> reporter: well, wolf, we've seen the president do this before in the past whenever he's locked in negotiations with lawmakers. he heads out on the road, either goes to a backyard or sits down around a dinner table to put pressure on congress. that's what he did today when he went to falls church sitting down with the santana family. their parents who also are employed live in the household wi
of the radical rebel groups in syria fighting the bashar al assad government a foreign terrorist organization. our arwa damon is inside syria right now. we're going to get her reaction. that's in the next hour. >>> also, if secretary of state hillary clinton runs for president, is it game over for the republicans chances in 2016? a former republican presidential candidate has a scary prediction for his own party. to the best vacation spot on earth. (all) the gulf! it doesn't matter which of our great states folks visit. mississippi, alabama, louisiana or florida, they're gonna love it. shaul, your alabama hospitality is incredible. thanks, karen. love your mississippi outdoors. i vote for your florida beaches, dawn. bill, this louisiana seafood is delicious. we're having such a great year on the gulf, we've decided to put aside our rivalry. now is the perfect time to visit anyone of our states. the beaches and waters couldn't be more beautiful. take a boat ride, go fishing or just lay in the sun. we've got coastline to explore and wildlife to photograph. and there's world class dining with ou
regime bases across syria, many thinking the end of assad is nearer than ever. why has the united states, who also want assad gone, black listed them as terrorists? >> we've had concerns that al nusra is little more than a front for al qaeda in iraq who has moved some of its operations into syria. >> reporter: that link clear in the document filed monday, al nusra deemed not a new group, another name for al qaeda in iraq. u.s. officials believing insurgents who kill americans in iraq fighting for rebels against assad. this move may make sense in principle but, say experts now, less so in practice. >> this creates confusing picture for the syrians because nusra is the hardest hitting group among the rebels. u.s. wants to take down assad but at the same time cutting the rebels off at the knee. it doesn't make sense. >> the group should be considered a terrorist organization based on the fact that there are allegedly connections with al qaeda in iraq. the long term after the regime does fall, i do think it will provide an opening since most of the rebels, while respect nusra doesn't believe
. rebels are trying to take the airport. potentially huge logistical blow to the assad regime. american officials are scared a desperate assad could use chemical weapons. and said regime forces recently prepared components of sarin gas. a highly deadly nerve agent. syria does not acknowledge having chemical weapons. said they will never be used against their own people. the forces are inflicting big losses thenize several of whom we met yesterday inside syria, recovering fro battle in a makeshift hospita they're yu this man is 17. next to him, a 28-year-old father of three who lost his leg and finger in the fighting. but once recovered, he told us, he hopes to rejoin the fight with his prosthetic leg. the rebels are trying to organize themselves better in order to secure funding and weapons from the outside. today, we learned a former army general has been ele head of a new military unci given the lack of coordination and organization until now, it remains very much to be seen whether a unified force can be created to bring down the assad regime. d > thank you. >>> ba
to bashar al assad reach into their arsenal for more deadly weapons. even scud missile. officials say assad has between 3 and 400 of those short and medium-range missiles in his stockpile. the regime forces launched a scud from the suburbs of damascus. >> if this proves to be true, it's another indication of the deparagraph tea of assad and his crohn knees. >> once more, the forces last week started using what's called barrel bombs. >> it contains flammable materials. it's sort of a napalm and it's very, very concerning and indicative of the regime's brutality. >> human rights groups say it causes extremely painful burns, often down to the bone, burns that are often hard to treat. this comes after signs that an increasingly desperate assad is moving closer to using chemical weapons. chemical weapons plus scud missiles would be a lethal combination. >> if you were to marry up a chem kabl warhead on to the scud, you now have an area denial weapon system which is very nasty. it affects everybody. it doesn't discriminate from friend or foe. >> one means of stopping scuds, patriot air defense sy
. senior u.s. officials tell abc news, president bashar assad's forces have loaded nerve gas components into bombs at or near syrian airfields. it is assumed, the intent was to move the bombs onto aircraft. but there's no way to know if that happened for certain. the issue, of course, has the full attention of the obama administration. >> our concerns are that an increasingly desperate assad regime might turn to chemical weapons or might lose control of them to one of the many groups that are now operating within syria. >> syrian ground forces and rebels have been battling in and around syrian capital of damascus. it is now estimated that more than 40,000 people have been killed in violence in march 2011. >> just an atrocity there. >>> now to the pink slips at citigroup. the company is slashing 11,000 jobs worldwide. about 4% of its work force. more than half of those cuts will come from consumer banking. and they are aimed at saving $900 billion next year alone. investors were apparently pleased. because citi stocks shot up more than 6%. >>> and the world's biggest coffee chain is abou
the civil war. there are new concerns the assad regime is preparing to use chemical weapons. let's get to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. barbara, how does this change the u.s. military's syria plan? are we talking u.s. troops, boots on the ground? >> well, not at this point, clearly, deb. but what we do know is that u.s. officials tell us that they are updating some of the military options for action against syria's chemical weapons capability, why are they doing this? of course, we chatted about this in the last several days. officials say they do have the intelligence now that syria has filled aerial bombs with deadly sarin gas. haven't moved it to airplanes yet, but this is very concerning because that, of course, would be the next step. so once you have the deadly bombs, the u.s. has to look at what the options could be, what they might want to target to essentially take out that kind of capabilities. so that's the options that are now being worked on. deb? >> i mean, the implications are just stunning that the assad regime would actually use deadly gas on its own people
assad's regime by creating a joint leadership. the new group consists of a 30-member elected council and in a move that could mean support from the west, two of the most extreme fighting groups in syria were not invited to the meeting in turkey. . >>> and now to fox 5 follow-up. pressure is mounting in london for two australian radio hosts to be removed from the air, this after a nurse who was tricked by the hosts' prank call committed suicide. jacintha saldanha was found near the hospital on friday. friends and family believe it was from stress of the call. the station's chief executive says while they are devastated about the news, they did nothing, quote, illegal. >> this is a tragic event. these people are human beings. we are all affected by this. there is no straightforward answer to your question. we will make sure that their well-being is the priority for us. >> the duke and duchess of cambridge say they are, quote, deeply saddened about the nurse's death. a palace spokesman said there were never any complaints to the hospital about the call. >>> the man accused of pushing an
a clear message to syrian president bashar al assad, saying the u.s. now recognizes the rebel coalition fighting against assad's crumbling regime, the president made that declaration in an interview with abc's barbara walters. >> the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime. >> keep in mind here, what he just said, that doesn't mean that the u.s. will be arming the rebel forces. the declaration is just intended to be a showing of support. but all of this comes one day after a group of rebel fighters called the al nursa front are labeled a terrorist organizat n organization. some say this latest flurry of diplomacy was triggered by the threat that assad would use chemical weapons against his own people. cnn's arwa damon is in aleppo and has been trying to get close to this plant, believed to be one of syria's largest chemical weapons factories. watch this. >> reporter: in most of these villages, we don't d
fears that the assad regime will unleash chemical weapons. the region around the capital, damascus, now a battle zone. 2 million syrians now on the run, many of them children. and it is extremely difficult for journalists to enter that country and cover the chaos. but abc's alex marquardt pushed across the border tonight and he is there. alex? >> reporter: we've spent the day among the thousands of refugees living here, and the conditions are miserable. rain has turned the roads to rivers of mud, there's no power or gas for heat, and it's only getting colder by the day. the rain poured as we approached the crossing into syria. the first stop, a rebel checkpoint. tanks and men armed with ak-47s. once past them, a narrow, winding road that led us to white tents in a sea of red mud. in it, the faces of this growing crisis. children huddled around the only source of warmth -- a tiny campfire. they're part of the mass exodus, families fleeing the crossfire of syria's bloody civil war. for them, life is dire and growing dangerous. few here have their own jackets or shoes. it's growing colder
group said the take-over was a major blow to the assad regime because this was the last military base west of aleppo city still under army control. they say a political solution is still possible, even though the situation he says is bad and getting worse. his comments follow the weekend talks in gentlemeva with russia well as u.s. officials. >>> egypt's president has begin the army authority to arrest people and protect government buildings as the nation is preparing to vote in weekend on a controversial draft constitution. what is happening in cairo? protestors and supporters of the president have been camped out around the palace for days. opposition groups are calling for nationwide protest this is week leading up to saturday's vote. president morsi's chief of staff blames the uprising on a small but powerful group of business and media elites. he tells cnn that the vote the on the country's constitution will not be held up. >> the question of delays the vote for the constitution is it not possible. if the people in the streets believe they command the majority, why don't they go
from the president, secretary of defense panetta, and others focusing on what happens if assad uses those weapons. >> these lines become pink lines, and they're not drawn with, you know, a fine pencil, and they move around a little. >> military options for striking syria spell out the case for why an attack might be called for. u.s. officials say there are multiple reports, more than just satellite imagery, confirming the aerial bombs. the regime is getting more desperate in recent days as fighting has raged around damascus, leading to worries al assad could order a deadly strike that could kill thousands. and unlike iraq before the u.s. war, syria's chemical weapons program is openly acknowledged by that government. >> these weapons are meant to be used only and strictly in the event of external aggression against the syrian republic. >> but the president will be warned of risks, civilians could be killed by a deadly release of gas if the sarin isn't all destroyed. syrian air defenses could bring down u.s. pilots if fighter jets are used. the regime could move its chemical weapons
the bombs are still on the ground but hilary clinton and president barack obama are warming assad that using chemical weapons will not go unanswered. >> this would cross a red line. and those responsible will be held to account. >> i want to make it very clear to assad and those in his command. the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be unacceptable. >> germany's cabinet has now approved setting up anti-missile batteries. nato emphasizes this isn't seen as an intervention shun. what turkey is concerned about are those short-range missiles possibly falling into the wrong hands. secretary of state hillary clinton is in a meeting today, and it is likely during the meeting it will come up that they will talk about trying to get a un peace process for syria back on track. meanwhile u.s. authorities are monitoring what is going on there. and there was news yesterday that they were starting to mix the chemical weapons and move them around, and now they are possibly getting ready to load them on missiles whether or not that are getting ready
is the or what, if bashar al-assad decides to use chemical weapons now? >> i'm not certain he takes that threat very seriously. jenna: what is the threaten. >> first of all that there is no specifics associated with it. and quite frankly he knows the united states is sitting on the sidelines here watching this thing. he recognizes that we are not a major influence among the rebels, and the rebels are very frustrated with the united states. he'll make a decision not having anything to do with the united states as to whether he wants to use weapons or not. jenna: if we name the consequence, whatever that would be, do you think that would impact his decision and what he's going to do next at all? >> i don't think so. jenna: so are we powerless? >> no, i mean we can act, but i don't think it would stop him from acting. we can react to what he does, certainly, but the fact of the matter is he has those weapons, s what he had themdeal with for. secondly to preserve his ra skwraoeplt. regime. in he believes that is threatened to the point where he's not be able to survive and he has the influence to u
, a group of syrian rebels helping the fight overthrow bashar al assad is about to be declared a terrorist organization. u.s. government documents indicate the radical group, known as the al nursa front has ties to al qaeda. they'll be labeled as terrorists tomorrow. the same rebel fighters are believed to be playing a part in the iraqi insurgency. these documents show that secretary of state hillary clinton signed these papers making the declaration official, back on the 20th of last month. much more on this story out of syria next hour. >>> an american doctor kidnapped in afghanistan and what happens next involves around the clock negotiations and a dramatic act of courage by s.e.a.l. team six. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. the death of a pop star. ♪ a picture shows what happened moments before jenni rivera's plane crashed. plus, boys disappear from a reform school and are never heard from again. >> these are children who came here and died for one reason or another and quite literally have been lost in the woods. >> the answers may lie in this cemetery. and one governor floatin
involved. >> right. we also have a crisis brewing in syria with the assad regime growing increasingly desperate. intelligence reports indicate that a chemical attack against his own people could be imminent. even russia, syria's most powerful ally, is alarmed. their foreign minister met yesterday with secretary hillary clinton discussing the possibility of a syria without assad in power. >> wow. >> this morning rebels have declared damascus's airport a military target, warning civilians and airlines not to approach it. >> richard, that's what we're looking at. we're looking at russia to see when russia finally gives up on assad. if they are, in fact, coming close, it's over. he's done. >> that's the beginning of the end. and i think that's finally in play. brahimi who preceded kofi annan trying to do a diplomatic process finally, i think, has something to work with. it's the possibility of the threat that the syrian regime might turn to chemical munitions, and the russians realize that would be the equivalent of jumping and that their long-term equities. the russians realize that woul
. >> in the least. >> you talk about libya. i tell you what, you've got assad about to cross that red line. he's going to see russia leaving quick. i think you'll see even troops going in there if he starts using chemical weapons against his own people. about to cross the line. egypt, morsi in trouble. the biggest revolt since mubarak was pushed out of power. "the new york times" also has another fascinating story. john boehner gained strong backing of the house gop. they actually say that the speaker's more powerful today than he has been since he became speaker two years ago. >> well, that's exactly the opposite of what we were discussing on the set yesterday with matt lewis. >> yeah. i guess one question is, is that story there for a purpose, which is to make him appear stronger, and also, is he strong in relation to the offer that's on the table, which is an offer that does not reflect compromise yet? >> well, he is strong, i think, as long as he's not seen as bowing down and caving in to the president. i will tell you, there are conservatives dair a s -- erick who is trying to get him rem
concerned about? >> they're really afraid of what happens in this critical period where the assad regime starts to crumble and the opposition isn't necessarily ready to take over and secure those sites. this is really the clutch time wheren only do we need to worry about what the assad regime might do, but how that transition is going to be handled and managed. sources are telling us that there is an active contingency plan underway that the international community is trying to train the opposition in how to secure those sites. everything from 24 hour skype connections with rebel brigades to try to secure those chemical weapons facilities to train them in how to communicate with the current regime. officials in the regime right now being reached by the opposition who really want to say, you know, help us out here, let's try to insure some continuity for the day after. >> laura, thank you so much. excellent reporting. really appreciate it. >>> more than 200,000 people, they are in shelters right now in the philippines because of typhoon bofa. we'll have the very latest as the death toll n
warned embattled president bashar al assad against such action, defense secretary leon panetta says syria may be backing away from the threat. here is what pa net ta said early this morning on a flight to kuwait city. >> we haven't seen anything new indicating any aggressive steps to move forward in that way, but we continue to monitor it very closely and we continue to make clear to them that they should not under any means make use of these chemical weapons against their own population. >> and here's an example of how just murky the divisions are in syria, later today washington will declare one of the group of rebels a foreign terrorist organization. according to federal documents the group is merely another alias or al qaeda in iraq. >>> this morning we know the name of the navy s.e.a.l. killed during a raid to rescue a kidnapped american doctor in afghanistan. the s.e.a.l. is identified as petty officer first class nicolas checque. barbara starr joins us from the pentagon with more on petty officer checque, a member of s.e.a.l. team six, the same elite unit that of course took out os
more mercy than the assad regime. he adds bitterly. now he's using his training and weapons design that he got in libya. this amount combined with another substance is what he uses to make a single grenade. when it comes to making the prop pell lants for a rocket, it's around 20 times this amount and two more substances are included. he now works alone after his assistant was killed while they were experimenting. he's designed crude but effective grenades and his biggest accomplishment, a sleek looking rocket which he claims has a rage of 12 kilometers. much of what he uses comes from unexploded order nants like this and clearly marked on this rocket, made in russia. when he first started, he tells us, he would modify exploded rockets. from here to here, for example, it's our adjustment as are the fins, he says. we would shoot one and it would just go three kilometers or it would turn back around in our direction. now he designs from scratch. mixing a substance he won't reveal but that it's imported from outside with the explosive he extracts from the government's artillery. he may
in that country. this morning, we're learning that syrian dictator, bashar al assad's forces have done in recent days that's alarmed u.s. officials and prompted a stern warning from president obama. and abc's martha raddatz is here with the details this morning. good morning, martha. >> reporter: good morning, josh. this morning, a u.s. official is confirming that over the weekend, the syrian military loaded elements of the deadly nerve gas, sarin, on to bombs on or near syrian airfields. there's 40 chemical weapons sites like this one. one drop of sarin can kill you within minutes. the theory is that the sarin bombs could be put on syrian warplanes to use against the opposition forces. there's no way to know for certain if that was the plan. but president obama was so concerned, he issued that strong warning on monday. and since then, there has been no activity at those airfields. and the syrian government insists it will not use chemical weapons. but that does not mean this threat has gone away. opposition forces are gaining ground in syria's capital, putting more pressure on syria's unpredict
forward. clinton noted growing concerns that syrian president basha al assad may use chemical weapons on his own people. mohammed jamjoom joins us with that part of the story. >> reporter: state officials have said they believe syrians are loading chemical weapons, precursors for sarin, a deadly nerve gas on to aerial bomb that is could be dropped on the syrian people. monday cnn reported that u.s. officials believed that the syrians had begun mixing chemicals that could be used to weaponize sarin, but there were no signs that the syrian regime was going to do anything with those weapons. they maintain yet again today that they have no intention of using chemical weapons in syria. carol? >> mohammed jamjoom in beirut this morning. >>> sad ending for a month-long search of two missing cousins. the bodies of 8-year-old elizabeth collins and 10-year-old lyric cook were found by hunters in the wooded area. the two girls have been missing since july. jim spellman has been following the story since lyric and elizabeth went missing. you know, i know the families were hopeful till the end. wh
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